Backed by more than three decades of experience, the florists of Kutchey's Flowers put their dark-green thumbs to use assembling floral masterpieces. Inside their storefront, coolers full of fresh flowers blossom alongside potted plants, gifts, and candles. Staffers can also bring to life a wide variety of options that can express birthday wishes, romantic love, or sincere apologies for buying a bouquet of asparagus the first time around.
Slumber expert Roger Wardell staffs each of his Sleep Doctor Mattress Stores with knowledgeable employees who help to match shoppers with surfaces that complement their dozing styles. A full-size basic firm mattress by American Pedic ($219) supports stomach sleepers with memory foam, and Serta's twin-size Dura Pillowsoft ($499) cuddles tired muscles with inner springs and a 6-foot spoon.
Long-time Suddenly Slender clients and product proponents, Nurturing U Spa owners Carol and Marla now share these torso-tautening mineral-body-wrap methods with the Flint area. The SlenderTone wrap claims to harness the electrical fields of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and enzymes to tighten, tone, and reshape the body into a visibly slimmer figure without dieting or laborious exercise (a $90 value). A Nurturing U Spa aesthetician envelops the body in a non-dehydrating cocoon, then encourages patients to engage in mild physical activity or strenuous word-search puzzle to promote circulation while the treatment takes effect. After about an hour, once-curvy caterpillars emerge as smoother, more slender butterflies.
The product of more than 30 years of science, Widdershins carries an extensive line of essential oils, lotions, and soaps, including 400 essential and aromatherapy oils, such as honeydew melon, vanilla musk, myrrh, and lotus, among many others. Customers can purchase a single dram ($7), two drams ($12), or a half ounce ($20) of any oil. Signature blends are integrated into lotions ($8 for 4 oz., $14 for 8 oz., $22 for 16 oz.) to create scents such as a vitamin-fortified cactus-blossom-and-coco-coriander blend or a pomegranate-based bouquet. Bath salts are also available in sampler ($3), medium ($5), and large ($7) packages.
The theme is simple at Heart of Michigan: everything in the store is Michigan-made. Owners Karen and John Wing support the local economy by stocking the shop's shelves with Michigan-made jams, ice cream, books, and beer. A recent profile of the store on the local news showcases the shop's many gift baskets, which include pre-designed options that focus on Michigan themes such as sports and cherries, as well as build-your-own options. For those who come into the store hungry, chef Ron prepares freshly made pasties perfect for a quick snack or a slow snack, depending on how fast you eat.
At Bungalow 47, Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling are dedicated to mingling old and new aesthetics with repurposed vintage furniture and the homey touches of throw pillows, French soaps, and candles. The store’s own wide floorboards and exposed-brick walls perfectly complement its wares, which include vintage bedroom sets spruced up by Bungalow 47 artisans and furniture made of salvaged barn timber, ideal for attracting the friendly ghosts of well-loved dairy cows. Peppered among these personality-filled home accessories, smaller items such as Wild Thyme soup mixes, aprons, notepads, and jewelry excavated from flea markets draw the eyes of gift givers. In addition to selling home goods, Bungalow 47 equips customers to revamp their own vintage finds with self-priming, eco-friendly CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, which the store’s own artists use while updating cabinets or bed frames for 21st-century use. It also offers workshops that teach students techniques for painting the pie safes they’ve uncovered in attics.